What Every Funeral Professional Should Know About Alkaline Hydrolysis


For years, individuals planning a funeral had two choices: burial or traditional flame cremation. However, in many states today, there is now a third option: alkaline hydrolysis. Alkaline hydrolysis, also known as water cremation, is a process for the disposal of human remains that uses water, heat, and alkaline chemicals. This course examines water cremation's origins and the states where it is currently legal, explains the chemical process it uses, and considers the advantages and disadvantages of this disposition method. It also explores the reasons behind the growing preference for cremation in general and whether water cremation may indeed be the next green trend and option to be offered by funeral homes.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • explain the concept of water cremation
  • discuss the history of this process
  • identify the states where water cremation is legal
  • describe the chemical action of water cremation
  • choose when to tastefully and compassionately present the option of water cremation to families and the general public
  • recognize whether water cremation would be a beneficial addition to your firm's current offerings
  • determine what firms currently using water cremation are charging for this option

Designed For

Funeral professionals at all stages of their careers

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